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2020 Summer Olympics opening ceremony

The opening ceremony of the 2020 Summer Olympics is scheduled to take place on the evening of Friday 24 July 2020 in the Olympic Stadium, Tokyo.[1] As mandated by the Olympic Charter, the proceedings combined the formal ceremonial opening of this international sporting event (including welcoming speeches, hoisting of the flags and the parade of athletes) with an artistic spectacle to showcase the host nation's culture and history.

2020 Summer Olympics
opening ceremony
Date24 July 2020 (2020-07-24)
LocationTokyo, Japan
Filmed byJapan Consortium and OBS

Ticket prices for the Opening Ceremony will range between ¥12,000 and ¥300,000.[2]


The Organising Committee prepared a so-called “Basic Policy”, that includes aspects to highlight the appeal of Japan and Tokyo to the world; including feedback from experts and opinions of the Japanese public.[3] The final version was released in December 2017.[4]

The Basic Policy consists of three sections:[5]

  • Section 1: Positioning of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020
    • Inclucing Historical Significance, Social Significance and Games Vision
  • Section 2: Opening and Closing Ceremonies Overall Concept
    • Including: Peace, coexistence, reconstruction, future, Japan and Tokyo, athletes, involvement and ex
  • Section 3: The Positioning of The Four Ceremonies
    • Inclucing: Introduction, development, diversification and conclusion

Mansai Nomura, a renowned actor in traditional Japanese theater, is the chief creative director for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics and Paralympics.[6]

Marco Balich, Balich Worldwide Shows and FiveCurrents will put his signature on the umpteenth Olympic ceremony. The producer will in fact take care of the opening and closing shows of the Tokyo 2020 Games, as he himself confirmed to ANSA after having unveiled, at Spazio Campania in Milan, the first details of the inauguration of the Universiade on stage at the Stadio San Paolo in Naples on 3 July. "As Balich Worldwide Shows we are very focused on the 2019 Summer Universiade, then we will all go to Lima for the 2019 Pan American Games, so I will be involved in the production of the opening and closing ceremonies of the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics, in association with the Japanese advertising company Dentsu - he explained Balich, who in the past realized the opening ceremonies of Turin. [[1]]



The New National Stadium will serve as the main stadium for the opening ceremony. Demolition of old National Stadium was completed in May 2015, then the construction of the new stadium began at the same site on 11 December 2016. The stadium will be handed over to the IOC on 30 November 2019 for necessary Games and ceremony preparations. Capacity during the Olympic Games will be 60,102 taking into account press and executive seating areas.[7]


In December 2018, organizers stated that although the Olympic cauldron will be officially lit and extinguished at the stadium, the flame will be transferred to a separate, public cauldron (following the lead of 2010 and 2016) on the Tokyo riverfront while the Games are in progress, and transferred back to New National Stadium for the closing ceremony. Organizers cited unspecified "physical difficulties" in keeping the flame at the New National Stadium.[8]


  1. ^ "Olympic Competition Schedule". 18 July 2018. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Tokyo 2020 Announces Outline of Olympic Games Ticket Prices |The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games".
  3. ^ "Opening and Closing Ceremonies|The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games".
  4. ^ "Basic Policy|The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games".
  5. ^ "Basic Policy for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020" (PDF). Retrieved 2018-09-10.
  6. ^ "Mansai Nomura to get creative with Tokyo 2020 Ceremonies". Olympic Channel. Retrieved 2019-07-24.
  7. ^ "技術提案等審査委員会".
  8. ^ Rowbottom, Mike (18 December 2018). "Tokyo 2020 confirms it will use Olympic flame cauldrons in stadium and on the waterfront".